At NIAD: Necesito Más Flores (I Need More Flowers), Curated By Maria Radilla, On View Through December 3//

This is the the fifth show in our new exhibition space NIAD Windows. NIAD Windows is four white walls in the front window bays of the Art Center. The shows can easily be seen from the sidewalk or from a passing automobile.

About the exhibition

With “Necesito Más Flores,” NIAD artist Maria Radilla is the curator of our latest NIAD Windows exhihition. Radilla selected a dozen works that evoke memories of her childhood garden. “Necesito más flores”— or “I need more flowers”— is simultaneously a request pertaining to her art-making process, and also a reminder to cherish each of our own budding gardens.

As she explains, “I used to have land, and now I have flowers on my ceiling. Many flowers were on the land where I lived in Mexico when I was growing up there. Outside, there were red flowers in the fields close to me, and my dad had potted cempasúchil marigolds that he would water three times a day. You have to water flowers a little bit, and then they open up in five minutes, and then they’re red and yellow.

The artwork I picked here is very beautiful; some of it I made and some I didn’t. I chose images of flowers and birds and dolls.

In my room I have a bear with a little hat, new markers, and flowers on my ceiling. See, I used to have land, and now I have flowers on my ceiling. 

Yes, I need more flowers.”

NIAD Windows offers sidewalk and street side opportunities to view the exhibitions you’ve come to expect in our on-site galleries. The entire NIAD Windows exhibition is available to be viewed online. There is also an expanded version of Necesito Más Flores (I Need More Flowers) available for viewing online.

About the curator

Since 2005, Maria Radilla has been creating at NIAD Art Center. She has long been exploring storytelling and portraiture through textiles, often returning to doll, bird, and flower motifs.

Thirsty Thursday

In conjunction with this exhibition, on November 19 at 6:00 pm PST, Maria Radilla, curator of “Necesito Más Flores,” will host a Thirsty Thursday to discuss the exhibition, ideas behind it and her own. Admission to the event is free, but you need to RSVP to receive the link to Thirsty Thursday.

Moderated by NIAD’s Director of Exhibitions Tim Buckwalter, Thirsty Thursday is our new event series bringing together artists and curators with interested people like you.

Upcoming NIAD Windows

For our sixth iteration of NIAD Windows, we will present a holiday craft mart. Since the local holiday shows in which the Art Center is a regular participant are cancelled, we thought we’d take things into our hands with a show of some of our finest hand-mades. The exhibition will be on view December 5 through December 30. Thirsty Thursday is slated for December 10 at 6:00 pm PST.